Mobile phones started to become popular in Bangladesh in the late ’90s. The first phones were way oversized
compared to any phone of today. There was an antenna on top of the phone, and they used to be quite troublesome
to carry because of their weight. These were technically called “brick phones.” There was just one thing you
could do with a phone, make a call. But these phones were quite pricey, and it was quite prestigious to own
such a simple mobile phone at that time. These phones are not available anymore on the market.Then at the
beginning of the 20th century came the somewhat smarter so-called “bar phones” or “feature phones.” They are
also called as “button phones” in Bangladesh. These phones had text message option, MMS, polyphonic ringtones,
FM radio, 3.5 mm jack, simple games, Bluetooth and some of them also had a low-quality back camera. Feature
phones gained rapid popularity among the people of Bangladesh. The entry-level feature phones were more priceworthy
than the first generation mobile phones in Bangladesh and it offered many more features at the same time.
It is because, by that time the technology was advancing faster, the market was growing, new brands were
bringing new ideas and offers. MP3 ringtones, Mp3 player, videos, internet access through WAP etc.
features also developed in the later generation of feature phones. Finnish brand Nokia was leading the
feature phone market alone at that time. Phones like Nokia 3310, 1100,1110, 3210, 6600, 2600 led the local as
well as global scene. Now there are many more brands that are offering decent quality devices with modest pricing.
But Nokia still remains the most trustworthy name in this category. Samsung is another reliable name for the bar phone
consumers that value consistent quality and durability.